A world-class research experience
The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is widely recognised as an international leader in basic-to-clinical translational research. Our research centres and institutes provide over 1000 PhD and MSc by research students with an exceptional range of facilities. Furthermore, the vast majority of our academic staff are world leaders in their field, meaning that you'll have the chance to learn from some of the best and brightest minds working in medicine, veterinary medicine and life sciences.
Each year we offer a large number of studentships to high calibre PhD students interested in scientific research at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Browse the videos and links below for more information on how you can pursue funded PhD research at the University of Edinburgh.
What our students think...
Why choose us for your PhD?
A world-class research environment: Our interdisciplinary Research Centres give students the opportunity to cross boundaries and work on collaborative, cutting-edge research projects. When you study with us, you will work alongside some of the most influential academics in your chosen field and learn about the very latest developments in your subject area.
We are currently ranked 1st in the UK for Veterinary Medicine (for the 5th year running) and 1st for Medicine (The Guardian Best UK Universities Guide 2022). Our world-leading medical and scientific research was reaffirmed as 'outstanding' by the UK REF2021 results.
Personal and professional development: Undertaking a PhD with us will help you to develop a wide range of skills and attributes, enhancing your capacity to compete in the job market and to achieve your full potential as a scientist.
A supportive community: Here at Edinburgh you will receive dedicated help from your supervisor and will also be able to benefit from a wide range of support services and facilities. You can look forward to a warm welcome from all members of our dynamic scientific community.
A vibrant city: Edinburgh is an international city with a rich history and culture. The Scottish capital is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world - so why not come and see it for yourself?
Visit our research degrees page to explore our other research and doctoral opportunities, including Masters by Research degree programs and Advanced Training for Clinicians (for Dentists, Medics and Vets).
Other funding opportunities
In addition to our funded PhD programmes, we also offer funded PhD projects, which are usually advertised on Findaphd.com. Information can also be found on each research centre's individual website.
Furthermore, we host students on personal fellowships provided by external funders, University scholarships or their own private funding.
Explore funding opportunities with our scholarship search tool
QS World University Rankings 2023
The University of Edinburgh was recently ranked 15th in the world, according to the latest QS World University Rankings.
We are also 3rd in the world for Veterinary Medicine and 21st in the world for Medicine. View the full list of results using the link below.
Our PhD training programmes
Please note for the majority of our PhD training programmes the deadline for 2023 entry has passed. However please keep checking the link(s) of your chosen programme throughout the year for details of the next round of applications.
- PhDs in Cancer Research - Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre
- TRACC Programme CRTF-PhD for Clinicians - Cancer Research UK
- MScs and PhDs in Cardiovascular Science
- PhDs with Integrated Study in Advanced Care - Cross college
- PhDs in Bioscience BBSRC EASTBIO doctoral training partnership
- PhDs in Genetics and Molecular Medicine - Human Genetics Unit
- PhDs in Integrative Biomedical Sciences
- PhDs with Integrated study in Precision Medicine -
- PhDs in Translational Neuroscience - Wellcome Trust
- PhDs with integrated study in One Health Models of Disease - Wellcome Trust
- PhDs in Health Data Science - HDRUK-Turing
- Epilepsy Research UK - Doctoral Training Centre
- PhD studentships at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
- BBSRC Eastbio R(D)SVS PhD projects
Students are only accepted for a place following a competitive interview.
What's on offer?
Our funded PhD programmes provide outstanding students with studentships, world-class teaching and research training at our cutting-edge Research Centres.
The studentships offer eligible candidates a stipend, tuition fees (at the UK/EU rate) and a contribution towards research costs.
Our ‘integrated programmes’ also offer students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge by taking taught courses.
Application process and deadlines
Research centres may advertise funded PhDs at any time of year, depending on availability of funding. Please check individual projects for deadlines.
A number of funded schemes have deadlines in early December, so it is advisable to start your research as soon as possible.